Srinagar: The stench was bad enough to churn anybody’s stomach but, says Riyaz Ahmad Sheikh, an IIT Kanpur-trained waste management expert, “somebody had to do the job.”
Ever since last month’s devastating floods, Sheikh has been helping a team of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation rid the city of the nauseating smell emanating from mounds of rubbish and animal carcasses left behind by the deluge.
Riyaz is lending his expertise to the SMC for the control of the Achen landfill stench, that had become major crisis for large portion of the city in 2013 summer.
“At Achen we are using eco friendly bacteria to control the stink. It is cheap and environmentally friendly technique that has reduced this problem.”
“The floods proved a new challenge to the SMC and we used chemicals that are quite effective for removal of odour. Besides teams constituted by them carried fumigation and chemical treatment mitigating other allied problems posed by this waste that could have caused a major health risk,” he said.
Riyaz says that before reducing this heavy load of waste by disposing it at the landfill site the treatment part has been effective, with remarkable results on control of the odour part with cool weather conditions too favouring them, thus creating a defensive line against breakout of any disease.
“To combat odour, the Corporation is using chemical products,” he said.
There are lot of decaying materials around and the fact that the waste in flood areas is a mixture of everything, that has started decaying in waters, worsens the stench.
“Neutralising such odour is not easy, but we have been successful by using chemicals provided by the corporation,” Riyaz said.
The job of clearing animal carcasses from Army dairy unit at Chattabal was one of the toughest jobs for the Corporation.
“The stink was unbearable and after the treatment it almost vanished,” he said adding, “At times one would not think of returning to the place again but somebody had to do the job.”